The large swallowtail butterfly, now named Papilio natewa, was first photographed in 2017 by Australian ornithologist Greg Kerr, working with Operation Wallacea. From the University of Oxford in England: New species of Swallowtail butterfly discovered in Fiji October 30, 2018 A spectacular new butterfly species has been discovered on the Pacific Island of Vanua Levu […]
By Damian Carrington as published on The Guardian The huge loss is a tragedy in itself but also threatens the survival of civilization, say the world’s leading scientists Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world’s foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife is now an […]
Butterflies are the canary of our environment to a great degree. National butterfly counts continue to indicate specific species in decline, particularly impacting on certain ones, like the Small Tortoiseshell and the Highbrown Fastillary (close to extinction?). Habitat loss, and habitat fragmentation, interrupt the balance on a delicate and complex food chain.
In September, you can see up to 37 varieties of butterflies in Britain, still!
You can learn much more, and you can help support butterfly conservation efforts, by checking out British Butterflies at http://www.britishbutterflies.co.uk.
The butterflies need your help…
NPR has an intervew with Abigail Derby Lewis, a senior conservation ecologist at the Field Museum in Chicago discussing how creating urban habitat to help Monarch Butterflies. Planting milkweed can help Monarchs as milkweed is the only plant that females can lay their eggs on. Read or listen to the interview By Creating Habitats For Monarch […]
This 2015 video from the USA says about itself: Tell Bayer: Stop Killing Our Bees America’s bees are dying at some of the highest rates ever, struggling to survive a deluge of next-generation pesticides called “neonics” unleashed by multinational chemical giants like Monsanto, Syngenta and Bayer — the world’s largest manufacturer of these bee-killing chemicals. […]
The New York Times reports The Interior Department on Thursday proposed the most sweeping set of changes in decades to the Endangered Species Act, the law that brought the bald eagle and the Yellowstone grizzly bear back from the edge of extinction but which Republicans say is cumbersome and restricts economic development. The proposed revisions […]
NPR reports on the British Big Butterfly Count Any time between now and Aug. 12, participants are invited to sit in a sunny spot for 15 minutes and keep their eyes open, marking every butterfly they see. Every brimstone and every common blue, every painted lady and each peacock. Last year, more than 60,000 people […]